Now that I have two blocks completed, I can start counting down. 118 to go! Maybe I won't start counting down quite yet. That sounds like a lot of blocks.
Block Number Three is called Art Square. It apparently appeared in issues of the Ladies Art Company Catalog, which was first printed in 1897. In Jinny Beyer's The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns, there is no asterisk next to the name of this block in the Appendices, which indicates that is the first mention she found of this particular block. It was later published by the Chicago Tribune as a Nancy Cabot block as Village Square. According to Jinny Beyer, it is also known as Dottie's Choice in Farm Journal and Farmer's Wife and Four Square elsewhere. I also found a variation called Nine Patch Art Square in which the center square is replaced by a nine patch unit.
This block is considered a 2 X 2 base grid square block. The version I am making calls for three different fabrics: one light, one medium, and one dark. And, of course, I will be making it in Christmas fabrics. Maybe I'll sneak in a little Fairy Frost in this one.